Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores

408 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
120 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
4 September 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Department store Fenwick has announced restructuring plans which will affect all its outlets. The plans include the loss of 408 jobs, and the creation of 120 jobs at the flagship branch in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The restructuring event has been prompted by declining sales and a corresponding decrease in profits. As a result, the business aims to centralise the finance, HR, IT and legal functions at the Newcastle branch. Previously, branches had maintained these functions autonomously. Other changes involve the store offering online services as it seeks to modernise. No information has been reported on when all the changes are set to take place, though it is understood that redundancy notices have already been issued to affected staff at the Newcastle branch.



Eurofound (2018), Fenwick, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 95388, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/95388.